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Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives

PhrstBrn Re:It already exists! (389 comments)

It really depends. Where I work, parking is awful and I have to walk 5 blocks from a parking garage to my building, because all the parking garages near my building are full and have a long waiting list (apparently the waiting list is 20 years long for the better parking). Meanwhile, the bus only takes 5 more minutes than driving, and it drops me half a block from my building. So in some cases, busses can be literally faster. To be fair, it also helps that I'm only half a block from a main road, and that busline happens to go directly to my workplace.

about a year ago

NVIDIA's G-Sync Is VSync Designed For LCDs (not CRTs)

PhrstBrn Re:When did PC+TV take off? (139 comments)

You're confusing HTPCs and using panels designed as TVs for computer monitors. We're talking about people who stick a 32" monitor (or larger) on the wall in front of their desk in their office, vs putting a computer under the TV in your living room. While the components are the same, the ergonomics are different.

about a year ago

More Bad News From Fukushima

PhrstBrn Re:Oblig. (268 comments)

The text is wrong, but the scale is correct. If you look at the legend, a green block is 20 uSv, and the item you're talking about is 2 green blocks.

1 year,18 days

Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

PhrstBrn Re:I don't get the perspective issue. (189 comments)

The game was initially advertised as a first-person-only multiplayer game. People liked the idea of a first-person-only mech game.

Problem with 3rd person is that it kills a lot of strategy and decisions inherit to a first person only game. An easy example, in a first-person-only game, you can hide behind a rock and be completely hidden. The only way to see what's on the other side of the rock is to walk around the rock (this goes for both the person hiding AND the any attackers). With 3rd person mode, you can simply rotate your camera angle around and check what's on the other side of the rock without having to poke your head around. This in effect makes any scouting roles less useful, since you don't need to scout around objects any more, just swing your camera around.

1 year,19 days

U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

PhrstBrn Re:My goodness (417 comments)

Far better to just say nothing (or "I don't know, officer" to a direct question like "Do you know how fast you were going?").

No! Don't say "I don't know!". If you need to say something to avoid looking like a mute idiot, ask "am I free to go?" and then follow up with "am I being detained?" and finally "please let me know when I am free to go". If they ask for ID, of course give it to them, but beyond that, keep doing that in a loop until they get the hint that you're not talking.

about a year ago

The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered

PhrstBrn Re: an interesting perspective... (329 comments)

Yes, I forgot, clearly Apple is hurting for more cash because they're not marking up their iPhones enough. Their $140 billion dollar pile of cash is only predicted to be $170 billion by the end of the year.

about a year ago

Haswell Integrated Graphics Promise 2-3X Performance Boost

PhrstBrn Re:Worst thing about this (133 comments)

You mean a $300 part that is a CPU and GPU combined has a slower GPU component that a $500 dedicated GPU? Shocking. Utterly shocking.

about a year ago

BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying

PhrstBrn Re:I agree (564 comments)

Many people live together in social units called "families" and may own more than one car. Most families don't need multiple cars that can go on several hundred mile road trips on a regular basis. The majority of people's drive is to and from work and the store, which electric vehicles have more than enough range to accomplish.

What will probably end up happening is families will get 1 expensive to run gas powered car for road trips (and commuting for one of the spouses), and another electric vehicles for the other spouse's daily commuting traffic. Even so, it might eventually be cheaper to just rent a gas car whenever you want to go on a road trip if electric cars get cheap enough.

about a year ago

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

PhrstBrn Re:Nope, completey and utterly made up. (599 comments)

You don't need to use strictly photovoltaics. You can store the heat from solar energy in molten salts and generate power using a steam turbine. Now you can generate electricity during the night.

about a year and a half ago

Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes

PhrstBrn Re:So? (599 comments)

Here is the wikipedia article on Solar energy. From the article:

The total solar energy absorbed by Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land masses is approximately 3,850,000 exajoules (EJ) per year. In 2002, this was more energy in one hour than the world used in one year.

If you do the math, at 10% efficency, you need to cover less than 1% of the earth's land mass in solar panals. In other words, put solar panals on every single building, and you can power the world.

about a year and a half ago

PayPal To Replace VMware With OpenStack

PhrstBrn Re:Good Riddens (286 comments)

KVM is not so much a Type-1 Hypervisor, as it is a "jail" for the Linux kernel.

It does have a great utility, especially for hosting isolations and for just-in-time host creation.

But is is just NOT a real, NuMA aware, scheduling sensitive Hypervisor with a cluster awareness for capacity management, etc.

KVM is a type-1 hypervisor. I can't believe somebody with 3 digit UID is posting this misinformed crap.

about a year and a half ago

Google Implements DNSSEC Validation For Public DNS

PhrstBrn Re:Well (101 comments)

You know there is a difference between authoritative DNS servers and caching DNS servers, right?

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court Upholds First Sale Doctrine

PhrstBrn Re:Broad Application (648 comments)

DMCA + DRM anti-circumvention clauses makes it a gray area in some places. Cosmetic mods are fine, things that might affect how Xbox DRM works, probably a DMCA violation.

about a year and a half ago

FCC Moves To Boost Wireless Speeds

PhrstBrn Re:FCC Moves To Boost Wireless Speeds (40 comments)

If you have 20 people on that 150mbps wireless network pushing around data, you're lucky if you can get 5mbps out of it. In reality, it'll be a lot slower. With gigabit you can push around data a lot faster with lots of clients.

The other use case is wireless bridges with directional antennas, although you'd probably use 60Ghz for that.

about a year and a half ago

Taking a Hard Look At SSD Write Endurance

PhrstBrn Re:If SSd is nearly full? (267 comments)

If you use TRIM, then your drive will know what parts of the disk are empty, and what parts are not. With wear leveling, the SSD will always write to free blocks with the most write cycles available first, and it will just remap blocks in whatever order it wants (blocks don't need to be in linear order like on HDDs). I think they start moving data around once the cells get to the end of their write cycles or it thinks drive is full (no TRIM or the drive is actually full).

about a year and a half ago

Lots of Changes for Intel Graphics Coming in Linux 3.9

PhrstBrn Re:If intel went into discrete graphics (102 comments)

Getting into discrete graphics they way you're thinking is a waste of money. Graphics cards are going the way of the dodo bird. The current trend is moving everything is moving onto the CPU. Onboard graphics has already cannibalized the low end graphics market, and is starting to cannibalize the mid-range. It's only a matter of time before the onboard tech catches up to the discrete tech.

For the HPC market, Intel already has their MIC processors, latest being the Xeon Phi. The only market they're not competing right now in is the high-end gaming and high end graphics. It's only a matter of time before integrated is "good enough" for high end gaming and they add more features to their Phi processors to compete in the high end graphics market.

about a year and a half ago

Do Not Track Ineffective and Dangerous, Says Researcher

PhrstBrn DNT by Default (207 comments)

You mean, when all the major browsers enable DNT by default, everybody ends up just ignoring the flag, putting us back to where we started? I'm shocked.

about a year and a half ago

Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

PhrstBrn Re:Server on residential internet service (380 comments)

I ran a large minecraft server for a while. It was on an unmetered 10/10 for a while, worked fine with 100 people on it. The only problem I had was trying to get backups working correctly without kicking people off the server. In the end I just upgraded to a 100/100, since working on the server became a pain. I had to make sure when pulling large files off the server I didn't saturate the connection and lag out the connections for the players, which meant waiting a long time to trickle files off the machine.

If you're careful and don't need that bandwidth for anything other than your Minecraft server, and have a way to do administrate it on an out of band connection, 10/10 is more than plenty.

about a year and a half ago

Valve Begins Listing Linux Requirements For Certain Games On Steam

PhrstBrn Re:That is why I supported fully static builds (332 comments)

Static and dynamic linking are treated the same as far as the GPL is concerned. Changing from static to dynamic linking won't make your software compliant. Fortunately most important libraries are released under the LGPL (or a more permissive license such as MIT or BSD), which makes your issue irrelevant.

about 2 years ago

HP Sues Over LCD Price Fixing

PhrstBrn Re:Confused (56 comments)

Punishing them financially doesn't do anything. They price fix, make a bunch of money, get fined, then have to bump the prices up anyways to pay off the fines. Either way, the customer is screwed with higher prices (at first for price fixing, secondly to pay the fines), the company ends up fine. If you fine the executives, they give themselves a pay bump to pay off the fines, and then pass the cost to the consumer.

If executives actually went to jail for criminal activities, they might think twice before engaging in the first place. No amount of monetary damages will fix the problem.

about 2 years ago


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